ge·​la·​to | \jə-ˈlä-(ˌ)tō, je-\
plural gelati\jə-​ˈlä-​tē, je-​ \ also gelatos

Definition of gelato 

: a soft rich ice cream containing little or no air

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La Carraia: This gelato shop gets artisanal with its flavors. Lauren Delgado,, "Take a break from steamy summer with cool, creamy gelato," 12 July 2018 Husband-and-wife duo Roland and Sayda Rapalo are serving up sweet and savory French pastries, coffee and, soon, gelato, at their Quixote Bakery Cafe, which opened quietly this winter. Celestina Blok, star-telegram, "Restaurant news for March," 8 Mar. 2018 Ice Cream and Chocolate Milk Dairy is one of New Zealand’s biggest industries and the artisan ice cream scene has grown to rival some of Italy’s best gelato. Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, "The 7 Dishes You Have to Eat in New Zealand," 25 July 2018 Churro-gelato sandwich ($10 at Fabe's Churro and Gelato, also available with a doughnut bun) 12. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Chew on this: These are the 20 wildest foods for sale at this year’s State Fair," 12 July 2018 Zingerman’s Creamery is celebrating its 17th anniversary with free gelato from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Zingerman's celebrates anniversary with free gelato," 16 May 2018 At one soup kitchen run by the Vatican's Caritas charity, a container of vanilla and chocolate gelato was served alongside a lunch of pasta to guests. Fox News, "Pope offers gelato to Rome's neediest to mark feast day," 23 Apr. 2018 Luke Olszta, the third owner of the company, is developing a food menu that includes flatbreads, gelato and charcuterie plates, Schweda said. Phil Rockrohr,, "Newly approved beer garden at Breezewald Park to open later this summer in Lake Zurich," 29 May 2018 Everything from Roman antipasti and fried calamari to gelato and pizzelle can be sampled at A Taste of Italy, which returns to the Italian Community Center in the Third Ward on April 22. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Italian Community Center offers A Taste of Italy on April 22," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of gelato

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gelato

Italian, literally, frozen

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